Niagara Falls, NY (population: 50,692) has three automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 3,530. It is the 501st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Automotive students from Niagara Falls schools who go on to become automotive technicians, automotive engineers, mechanics, automotive specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles make on average $29,880 per year and there are about 17,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area alone, there are 40 employed electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles earning an average salary of $27,150. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $32,650/yr and there are 3,490 employed.
Niagara Falls lies in Niagara county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has 534,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.69/hr average worker wage, and a $40,960 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.537 out of every 1000 jobs in Niagara Falls are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.076/1000 are held by electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.
Of the 3 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Niagara Falls, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred comes out as the most expensive ($11,947/yr) for automotive students, with Erie Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,003/yr.
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